Canada Campaigns

Canada: Concern about BC government intrusion on independence of the legal profession: BC Attorney General’s “Legal Professions Regulatory Modernization General Intentions Paper” | LRWC Statement

Statement on the British Columbia Legal Professions Regulatory Modernization General Intentions Paper, September 2022 Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada[*] 18 November 2022 Full statement below. To enlarge the Table of Contents and see the full pdf statement click here or on the image … [Read more...]

Policy Complaint Concerning RCMP C-IRG unit behaviour at Argenta-Johnson’s Landing

LRWC and six other groups submitted a Joint Complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission of the RCMP requesting an investigation of allegedly unlawful and arbitrary arrests on 17 May 2022 by the Critical Incident Response Group (C-IRG) of the RCMP in British Columbia. The Joint … [Read more...]

Canada: Civil society groups call for robust inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act | Joint statement

Full pdf joint statement: EN, FR. See press release by CCLA Statement: Inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act We are representatives of major civil society organizations and social movements from across Canada. Individually and collectively, we represent the interests of many … [Read more...]

Canada: Gidimt’en land defenders made a submission to UN about ongoing rights violations by BC and Canada | Press release and submission

See full .pdf submission to the UN (EN) Scroll down for the list of signatories and 26 endorsing organizations, including LRWC. Gidimt’en land defenders make submission to United Nations about ongoing rights violations by BC and Canada; Urge UN to visit Wet’suwet’en … [Read more...]

Canada: Unlawful attacks on Indigenous land rights defenders in Wet’suwet’en Territory | Letter

Full .pdf letter [See errata *]. On 15 December 2021 LRWC wrote to Canadian and British Colombia authorities expressing concern about "allegations of unlawful use of force by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) against Wet’suwet’en people and their invitees during the enforcement of a court … [Read more...]

Celebrate International Human Rights Day by joining or donating to LRWC

Promoting human rights by protecting those who defend them Your membership dues & other donations make LRWC’s work possible. In 2021, celebrate the work of human rights lawyers and defenders by joining or donating to LRWC. LRWC membership fees and donations ensure needed support for our … [Read more...]

British Columbia, Canada: Withdraw amendments to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act | Joint letter

Full joint letter (pdf) | See FIPA's webpage for more information Update 1 November 2021: See a Note by the Centre for Law and Democracy with in-depth assessments of proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) On 26 October 2021, Lawyers' Rights … [Read more...]

Canada: Alleged influence by judge on U of T hiring process | Update

LRWC welcomes news that the University of Toronto (U of T) Faculty of Law announced in June 2021 that it has reopened a competition to hire a director of its International Human Rights Program (IHRP) after months of controversy over allegations of improper external pressure and interference in the … [Read more...]

Canada: Implementation of UNDRIP is now the law

LRWC calls upon all Canadian authorities to ensure prompt action to implement Canada's Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP]. The Act is now the law in Canada. The Act received Royal Assent on 21 June 2021 after being passed by the Senate on 16 … [Read more...]

Canada must conduct thorough, independent investigation of all undocumented deaths of Indigenous children | Statement

• International law obligation for thorough, independent investigation • Implement UNDRIP and TRC Calls to Action • How Canadians can help Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) shares in the grief of Indigenous colleagues and communities after the announcement on 23 June 2021 of 751 … [Read more...]